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I doubt any of these guys falls to us in Round 3, but here are the top 5 players still on the board per Baseball America. A couple of interesting 1st round names: AJ Cole and Stetson Allie

15. Stetson Allie, rhp, St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio

20. Brandon Workman, rhp, Texas

23. Brett Eibner, rhp/of, Arkansas

25. A.J. Cole, rhp, Oviedo (Fla.) HS

28. Austin Wilson, of, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, Calif.

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Just as a what-if moment...if we had kept Zaun as our backup all year, we would have had a supplemental pick with Nick Castellanos still on the board (whom I would have thought hard about at #3).

Castellanos on the board as a tough sign would have been the perfect example of why it would have been smarter to keep Zaun and take the pick. :angryfire: Oh well, at least we got 2 good weeks of Hughes. :laughlol:

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I realize many of these prospects never make the majors, but at least we would have had a chance at striking gold rather than a 2 week failure of Hughes and the disaster with Gonzalez.

I realize hindsight is 20/20, but it seems we look back and wish the team would have done things differently way too often.

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Castellanos on the board as a tough sign would have been the perfect example of why it would have been smarter to keep Zaun and take the pick. :angryfire: Oh well, at least we got 2 good weeks of Hughes. :laughlol:

Yeah I mean, if we had that one, and no second you have some money to put towards it, but either way at some point they need to open up and spend some more. I liked last year overall, don't get me wrong, but the chance to add a SS and 3B the same year as HS prospects could make for an amazing influx of talent in 3-4 years. Then if you go advanced college guys in 2 years, they all get there the same time, it's the Rays model.

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I realize many of these prospects never make the majors, but at least we would have had a chance at striking gold rather than a 2 week failure of Hughes and the disaster with Gonzalez.

I realize hindsight is 20/20, but it seems we look back and wish the team would have done things differently way too often.

We'll be going through a similar analysis in the coming weeks with the current crop of veterans (Tejada, Millwood, Wiggington) all potential comp free agents. The front office will have to decide whether the return in trade outweighs the benefits of pick(s). Also, there will be much ranting and raving by back seat GM's if the veterans are purged from the roster by the trade deadline.

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Just as a what-if moment...if we had kept Zaun as our backup all year, we would have had a supplemental pick with Nick Castellanos still on the board (whom I would have thought hard about at #3).

Would Zaun have still been a type B free agent with the lower number of at bats he would have seen if he had remained an O?

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Would Zaun have definitely still been a type B if he had stayed with the O's? I'm assuming he got a lot more playing time with Tampa Bay.

I thought that too, but he only played 34 games and got 94 AB with them. I'm sure he could have gotten a few of those behind the plate here and then a couple at DH. He only hit 4 HR and 14 RBI for them, that's not too much to expect in 2 months.

You can't assume what its going to take to sign these guys at draft time...look at Matzek last year, everyone got scared off because they assumed he'd sign for $7mil or so, and then he signs for $3.9m. Sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet. What's worse? Spending the big bucks on a couple top HS prospects, or wasting $5m a year on a RP that is completely ineffective?

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Would Zaun have still been a type B free agent with the lower number of at bats he would have seen if he had remained an O?

Probably not, from what I've heard. He'd have had to play a lot at a time that Wieters was getting his feet wet. It was very unlikely that we would have ever received any compensation for Zaun, so it probably was still a good salary dump...at least as far as I know.

Gonzalez on the other hand...

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We'll be going through a similar analysis in the coming weeks with the current crop of veterans (Tejada, Millwood, Wiggington) all potential comp free agents. The front office will have to decide whether the return in trade outweighs the benefits of pick(s). Also, there will be much ranting and raving by back seat GM's if the veterans are purged from the roster by the trade deadline.

Don't forget the cash saved. So the equation is more like players + Cash vs Comp picks if the player is type A or B and arbitration is offered and declined. My guess is they would rather trade the player.

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